Pesticides and Food Safety

October 28, 2013 No comments yet

Having worked in the research and development of new pesticides now for over thirty years, I think I can confidently say that the development side of new pesticides is providing much safer and more effective pesticides for use in the agricultural production of food and fiber.  The problem though continues to be the perception that […]

Movento Case Study Featured in California Grower Magazine

December 6, 2012 No comments yet

Some of my research for Bayer CropScience‘s insecticide product, Movento was recently featured in the September issue of California Grower Magazine. The article covers a variety of topics including the effectiveness of Movento when combating citrus bud mites, California red scale and the dreaded Asian citrus psyllid, which of course has now been documented in the […]

A Busy 2012 Fall Season for Holden Research and Consulting

August 27, 2012 No comments yet

As summer winds down, I usually expect my pace to lessen a bit, but not this year! I have many interesting projects on the horizon, and lots of travel and speaking engagements as well. Towards the end of August I spent almost a week in Canada in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick presenting some […]

Ventura County Irrigated Lands Group Presentation Spring 2012

March 23, 2012 No comments yet

Ventura County Irrigated Lands Group Presentations Spring 2012

Spring 2012 AG RX Avocado-Citrus Presentation

March 7, 2012 1 comment

AG RX Avocado-Citrus Presentation Spring 2012 for posting

Fall 2011 Presentation Phosphates vs. Phosphites

December 22, 2011 No comments yet

Phosphates vs. Phosphites November 2011

Travel Lessons from the Fall of 2011

December 22, 2011 No comments yet

November and December turned out to be extensive travel times for me. In November I spent  another two weeks consulting all over the southern half of Australia and the first week of  December was doing similarly in the citrus regions of Florida. I thought I might give you some  of my observations. Australia: The Australians […]

Presentation-SLO-WPHA, Fall 2010

September 10, 2011 No comments yet

WPHA Fall 2010 Phosphate Presentation Holden Research Presentation made at annual Western Plant Health Association Coastal Nutrient Seminar from the fall of 2010 on phosphate availability for vegetable and strawberry production along the coast of Central California  

Wine Grape Test Plot Report – 2010

August 4, 2011 No comments yet

Click on file below to see an example of a final report prepared for a past seasons development project. 2-16-16 for Production Chardonnay 2010 final report Holden

Myth Busting – Get to the Truth

July 30, 2011 No comments yet

I just read a great blog in Scientific American by Christie Wilcox, dated July 18, 2011 at “”, entitled Mythbusting 101 – Organic Farming>Conventional Agriculture.  I will let you read the blog and not try to embellish what was so well written, but I will just take a little time to review the myths this […]